Just a reminder that the next SLHS Colloquium is October 2nd at 12:30 in Theater 2 HBL. The speaker will be:
Dr. Rupal Patel, Northeastern University http://web.northeastern.edu/cadlab
Voice Sharing and the Creation of Personalized Vocal Persona
If anyone is interested in going to lunch after Dr. Patel’s talk, or meeting with her after lunch please let me know.
Friday, November 1st
Room: Oak Hall 117
The Cognitive Science Colloquium Series is proud to present Aaron Shield, Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Miami University of Ohio.
Dr. Shield will provide a talk entitled “Insights into cognitive and linguistic processes from research on autism and sign language”
Abstract: In this talk, I will discuss how research into the signed languages of the deaf has the power to illuminate big questions about human language. By comparing spoken and signed languages, we gain a better understanding of what language is, how children learn languages, and how to best characterize and treat language disorders. In particular, I will show how research into the acquisition of American Sign Language (ASL) by deaf children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sheds new light on various questions about acquisition, such as how children imitate linguistic forms, how children use pronouns and other words that refer to self and other, and how language exposure may affect other aspects of cognition.
Contact Inge-Marie Eigsti (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule a meeting with Prof. Shield.
Learn more about Aaron Shield.
Post-doctoral fellow position(s) to the study of the natural visual environments of infants and young children and their implications for visual, cognitive and language development and machine learning at Indiana University. The larger collaborative project involves analyses of the properties of a very large corpus of head camera images (500 million) collected by infants 1 to 24 months of age with respect to low, mid and higher level properties, the examination of the statistical structure of early learned visual categories (and their in-home naming by parents), the design and implementation of computational experiments using machine learning and computer vision models, as well as experiments with infants testing novel predictions from these analyses and models. The post-doctoral fellow(s) will take part in the intellectually rich cognitive science, computational neuroscience, vision, developmental, and computer science communities at Indiana University under the Emerging Areas of Research Initiative titled Learning: Brains, Machines and Children. Collaborators on the larger project include Linda Smith, David Crandall, Franco Pestilli, Rowan Candy, Jason Gold, and Chen Yu.
This is an excellent opportunity for individuals with past training in one or more of the following: infant statistical learning, infant visual development (including face and object perception), visual neuroscience, adult vision, computer vision. Other areas of training with computational and/or experimental backgrounds will be considered.
Please apply to Linda Smith, email@example.com, with Visual Environments in the subject heading by sending a cover letter stating your interest in this project, your cv, and a research statement. References will be requested after initial contact.
The filling of these position(s) are open in their timing; although we hope to appoint one position this fall, January or this spring are also possible start dates.
Linda B. Smith
Psychological and Brain Sciences
1101 East 10th Street
Bloomington IN 47405
Dear CLAS faculty:
One of the priorities of CLAS is to facilitate interdisciplinary scholarship, and the diversity of disciplines within the college provides substantial and unique opportunities. In an effort to stimulate connections that will lead to novel cross-cutting research (and potentially graduate training), CLAS will host CLAS Research Conversations this academic year based on faculty ideas for areas of synergy.
These events will be held 3:30-5pm on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. The first half of the event will involve 5-minute talks by several faculty members describing their work on the topic and related areas of interest – 3 slide maximum (and no cheating with animation)! The second half will allow time to discuss opportunities and next steps as a group and in smaller conversations. CLAS will provide beverages and appetizers.
Proposed ideas for topics should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and should span at least 4 CLAS departments. The document must include a paragraph of rationale, proposed speakers, and a list of up to 20 additional faculty members to invite. The CLAS dean and associate deans will review the proposals and may add faculty members who work in related areas for events that go forward. Our office will issue invitations and take care of the logistics related to hosting. The proposer(s) is(are) expected to emcee.
The first event will be on October 16th in the Heritage Room of the Library (4th floor), and they will continue throughout the year in the same location as long as solid ideas are proposed (11/20, 12/18, 1/22, 2/19, 3/18, 4/15, 5/20). Please submit proposals at any time for dates that are good for you; they will be reviewed as they come in. We are looking forward to seeing what develops!
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
University of Connecticut
215 Glenbrook Rd., U-4098
Storrs, CT 06269